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Signage and education requirements for businesses

As of Nov. 1, 2017, businesses and organizations are required to separate food and yard waste from the garbage for composting or diversion. See food and yard waste bylaw requirements.

Since Nov. 1, 2016, businesses and organizations must recycle a specific list of materials. See recycling bylaw requirements.

As a business owner or property manager, you are also now required to provide signage on all collection containers and education to tenants at least once per year. To comply with the bylaw requirements, you must do the following:

  1. Ensure there is clear signage on all collection containers for garbage, recycling and food and yard waste, indicating what type of materials goes in each collection container. This helps tenants, employees and customers quickly understand what goes where.

Pictures are not required; however, they will help people understand what goes in the bin and improve the success of your program.

  1. Inform your tenants and employees at least once per year, as well as when a new tenant moves in, of the following:
  • Location of garbage, recycling and food and yard waste containers;
  • List of materials that go into each container; and
  • Proper method for preparing and sorting waste material for collection.

This information needs to be communicated to tenants and employees by either:

  • Written format - paper copies in mail boxes, under doors, or in orientation packages; or
  • Electronic communications via email.

Face-to-face communication is also recommended but not required.

Free signage and a letter template for tenants is available on our tools and resources page.

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